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The Vietnam Trauma in American Foreign Policy, 1945-75
The Vietnam Trauma in American Foreign Policy, 1945-75
By Paul M. Kattenburg
Transaction Books, 1980, 354 pp

The author was a specialist on Vietnam as a Foreign Service officer for more than 20 years; he is now a professor of political science. The book is an ambitious and moderately successful effort to integrate theories of decision-making and empirical data in order to explain why the U.S. went wrong.